Swim Smooth - The Complete Coaching System for Swimmers and Triathletes (Anglais) Broché – 15 juin 2012
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donne énormément d'explications sur le pourquoi et le comment
destiné plutôt au triathlète et aux nageur crawl de longue distance
un excellent livre avec beaucoup de photos.
Cet ouvrage est vraiment excellent : photos de qualités, texte clair. Les causes et conséquences des défauts sont bien expliqués.
Il faut franchir la barrière de la langue(Anglais débutant s'abstenir ...) mais je n'ai pas trouvé équivallent en Français.
La prise en compte de la morphologie du nageur est intéressante. Les idées pré-concues sont écartées et commentées : pas d'utilisation de la planche , utilisation des palmes,
Il est adapté à tous les niveaux.
En anglais mais clair, précis, structuré et progressif.
Un peu orienté gadget de natation, mais ça m'a plutôt bien servi.
A des points communs avec la méthode Total-Immersion.
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I have recently looked at a few new and old how-to-swim books. The newer advice is quite different from the older books which encouraged habits that can easily lead to shoulder injuries.
A new book "Swim Smooth" has the most modern advice of all, along with a fine web site swimsmooth.com with a super free app you can download and watch from any angle and at very slow speed (esp from underneath to see the difference from the old S-shape recommended arm movement for the crawl). Looking through this book a few days ago already has led to a major revision of my freestyle.
You can get the essential info from this fun book by just looking at the numerous pictures and reading the captions.
My self-taught freestyle stroke has several major flaws, eg. I should not angle my hand sideways on entry which can injure the shoulder and I should not cross the center line on arm extension or pushback (some old books show the arm crossing horizontally under the body) which loses propulsion and leads to being off balance. The entry angle should be at a steep approx 45 degree angle and the hand should tip down for the catch right after full extension (instead of gliding more). And forget about a sideways scull and S-shape arm movement (update: I have added back a partial S movement which seems to flow better with increased speeds if you use fins, plus Olympic swimmers do that too).
Anyway, the book "Swim Smooth" and web site (with the downloaded MrSmooth app) is my top choice for a relearn-to-swim-freestyle book for amateurs who have no coach.
Next in line is the excellent second edition of "Fitness Swimming", pages 1-69, page 86, and pages 119-120 (the rest is workout schedules). This book has by far the best compact explanation of the theory and guidelines for the modern injury-free freestyle . It finally explained to me exactly how to accomplish the 2-beat kick as well as the unfathomable (from other books) 6-beat kick.
Then there's the other modern swim book that I re-learned to swim from in 1998. Too bad in that book (or even his latest one) there is no good description of the arc the hand travels (ie. S-shape or not) or fundamental principles like the hand must always be inside the elbow distance (otherwise .. injury) and the similar dangers of angling the hand on entry, or of the merits of a steeper hand entry (but see his DVD below). Terry Laughlin's books (latest best all-stroke intro is called "Extraordinary Swimming for every body") have been adopted widely and I still would recommend this book as one of the several must-have's for someone still learning to swim better. If I was teaching someone to swim from ground zero, I would use the exercises to lead up to the crawl in that book's freestyle chapter (which are easier to see/appreciate in the bigger format "Total Immersion Pool Primer", basically drills in balance and body rotation) or in Terry's DVD "Perpetual Motion Freestyle in 10 Lessons", which teaches how to swim by progressive enhancement of fundamental balance and propulsion skills. The graduated drills are clearly demonstrated and the progression to developing the complete stroke and 2-beat flick kick is logical.
"Learn to Swim in a Weekend" is a super compact (90 pages), all-picture guide to the major strokes plus turning and diving, about 8 easy to look at pages per stroke type. This is a fun book to look through and the pictures are superb in showing the essentials of each stroke.
So those are the 4 most essential how-to-swim or how-to-relearn-to-swim-better books I've discovered.
Then there's the very old swimming book "Swimming: Steps to Success" which has some bad crawl advice (which was considered good advice in the 1960's), but includes a few non-major strokes such as the sidestroke and the Double Trudgen which I'll learn sometime to amaze folks - I mean, who really knows that stroke nowadays other than ocean lifeguards! The third edition of this book has not changed from the very old first edition, so do not expect modern swimming advice.
History: the first-ever "modern" swim book was "Complete Book of Swimming" by James Counsilman (1979) which authors since have liberally copied text from. This was "the" modern theory and how to swim book until the 1990's and has held up remarkably well, plus it's fun to see pictures of Mark Spitz's swim strokes.
I could not put it down and I think that it will be a best seller among swimmers, triathletes and their coaches. It is a must read! But the best part was that I was able to get it instantly for $9.99 on my kindle instead of pre-ordering for $19.37.
One thing that should be edited is that on the kindle edition it is hard to read some of the captions on one or two pages.
I bought the Easy Freestyle Swimming by Terry Laughlin but really struggled to get through it. It was so very very boring and I didn't feel like I was making any progress other than comfort in the water. I actually fell asleep watching it three times. I really wanted to love it because it comes so highly recommended...and I did take some advice away but I did not feel it was going (on my own) to really help me. I think with TI I need to find a clinic and a coach so I can do it in person. Perhaps it is much better that way.
I then bought the SwimSmooth DVD Boxset, Learn to Swim DVD, and Catch Masterclass - and the lights clicked on. I had already read the book and was doing many of the drills. Their verbal cue system just works for me. They show the wrong way to do the technique and give many pointers. I also liked, and this worked for me, that sometimes you do something as a reaction to something else. I was scissor kicking because my hands were going across my body on entry and below the water and it was the way I was trying to balance. Once I read/watched that I immediately was able to work on fixing it. Not the kick - the stroke and follow through - which fixed the kick no problem.
Of the two programs (TI or this one) I strongly prefer this one because the idea we are all unique and not one stroke or way to swim will fit everyone just "fits" me. 5 very strong stars. If you have to buy one book on swimming and you are working towards any sort of competition or you want to learn strongly (vs. just getting a workout - I was doing that but still gasping after 50 meters!) I recommend Swim Smooth.
They have a great website and when I had a question about something I wanted to order they emailed right back and were very encouraging. It felt personal. I feel like I can do it. In SS terms I'm a bambino and I'm following many drills and my swimming has improved by leaps and bounds and I'm looking to continue that pathway.
Even though the title mentions coaching system, this book is a really good reference/instruction guide for swimmers of any level and anybody that's looking to improve for swim skills for pool or open water. Lots of well done illustrations and clearly written.
I have been a big fan of the swim smooth approach to swimming. I think this is one of their best efforts yet. Highly recommend this book to swimmers and/or triathletes.